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Things to see & do in Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Cook Islands
Cook Islands
Cook Islands
Cook Islands

Things to see & do in Aitutaki, Cook Islands

story by: Inspire Cook Islands

Aitutaki and its lagoon captivate visitors from that first glimpse out the aircraft window. Startlingly white swathes of sand contrast with the deep azure of the encircling Pacific Ocean and the remarkable turquoise of its lagoon studded with tiny islets. Just a 45-minute flight from Rarotonga it’s possible to visit Aitutaki on a day trip. Swim with schools of tropical fish in the lagoon, luxuriate in the sand under a palm tree and eat freshly caught barbecued fish. Make sure to take your passport if you go to One Foot Island – the tiny post office there will stamp it. But better still, why not stay a few days – living simply or in luxury? No matter what style you opt for, the delights of the lagoon are there for everyone, as is the fun of hiring a motor scooter or a bike and exploring deserted beaches, tiny villages and their white-washed churches.

Our favourite things to see & do

• CAFÉ TUPUNA – It’s the nearest thing to a gourmet restaurant on Aitutaki. Freshly caught fish and island flavours form the backbone of the menu, and the garden location is one of the most atmospheric places to eat on the island.

• MT. MAUNGAPU – The 30 minute hike to the top of Aitutaki’s highest peak (124 metres) is worth the effort simply for the incredible views over the entire atoll and the sapphire blue lagoon – remember to take your camera.

• LOCAL NIGHTLIFE – The lively Coconut Crusher Bar is the island’s main nightspot and a great place to "shake your booty" at the regular island nights, or roll up for the weekend’s DJ.

• LAGOON CRUISE – When you’re out on Aitutaki don’t miss the chance to take a lagoon cruise. There are several operators that cruise around the lagoon but one worth considering is the Tekings Champagne brunch cruise. You’ll enjoy fantastic swimming and snorkelling while your hosts prepare a delicious hearty island breakfast served with champagne – enjoy!

• GOLF – Play a round of golf at the Aitutaki Golf Club’s 18 hole golf course. Clubs are available to rent for around $10 and green fees are around the same price. An interesting course situated on the coast beside the airport.

• SAFARI TOUR OF AITUTAKI – This is a great way to learn more about this beautiful island, its history and culture, and the people that live there.

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